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Rogue Wolf by Zoe Perdita

Rogue Wolf by Zoe Perdita
Reviewer:  Tj
Publisher:  Eccentric Erotica
Novel:  114,000 Words
Purchase at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords
Roses:  4… 808 more words
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TJ

Maraming salamat sa tulong mo today, TJ. Ang laki ng tulong ng side car mo. Mabuti alam mo ang mga daan. Napabilis ang biyahe ko at excited na ako dahil nabili ko ang kailangan ko. 8 more words

Old Loyalty, New Love by Mary Calmes

Old Loyalty, New Love by Mary Calmes
Reviewer:  Tj
Publisher:  Dreamspinner Press
Novel: 73,902 Words
Purchase at Amzon and Barnes and Noble
Roses:  3
 

When jackal shifter Quade Danas was banished from his pack for being gay, he spent years in the military escaping his father’s prejudice before returning to civilian life as a bodyguard for Roman Howell, the teenage son of a very rich man. 517 more words

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EK43:倫敦

經過Ben Kaminsky有力的傳教後,倫敦的EK43如雨後春筍般四處可見。其中最具代表性的,有Prufrock、Workshop、Sharps、Bulldog Edition、MacIntyre、Espresso Room、Craft、Continental Store等等。

EK43在店頭運作的優勢,除了研磨品質之外,就屬其機動性最為人稱道。垂直的刀盤、通道設計,讓殘粉量極少,加上相對穩定的刻度(拜研磨品質所賜,甚至不太需要dial in,給barista的容錯空間比一般磨豆機大許多),允許barista在最小限度的浪費下,快速替換不同品項的咖啡豆及沖煮方式。唯一的缺點就是整體工作流程過於繁複,即使採取predose的方式(預先分裝咖啡豆,雖然可以順道提高每一份咖啡克數的準確度,但其高人力密集仍然為人所詬病),整體出杯時間還是比使用一般espresso磨豆機來得長許多,非常不適合高壓的工作環境。

因此,大多數的店家,大多會選配一台標準的espresso磨豆機,用來出house espresso。EK43則是用來出filter、guest espresso以及其他各種需求。這樣的配置,同時可以滿足效率、品質以及多樣性。前者可以很有效率地滿足不在意咖啡產地、處理法、烘豆廠等資訊的普通客人,後者則可以處理一些比較「麻煩」的咖啡饕客。例如Craft就能夠同時提供三款espresso、三款filter。MacIntyre算是異數,整間店就用一台EK43搞定兩台單孔speedster和filter。

提到EK43,很多人會關心Coffee Shot。然而以上的店家,只有Bulldog Edition常態供應Coffee Shot。大多數的店家都會皺眉聳肩表示,他們其實不特別熱衷Coffee Shot。Square Mile、Has Bean的核心人物亦如是言。而一般最常見的批評,大概就是Coffee Shot不是espresso,何必用espresso咖啡機沖煮呢?也有人認為那只是一種「表演」,甚至說Coffee Shot是世界級barista才能夠駕馭的技術,以及其他許多其實還滿表面的理由,卻無關風味、思想。

Bulldog Edition的Coffee Shot對我來說,其實不算好喝,至少遠遠不及在Ben Kaminsky Brewing Class上、London Coffee Festival在St Ali攤位上的經驗。但是比起在倫敦其他地方喝到的V60,其實並不差到哪裡去。甚至可以說,兩者之間有絕對的相似之處。目前最好喝的一杯,是Square Mile的natural Kochere Gedeo,奔放的熟成莓果調香氣、幾乎在舌頭裹上一層果醬的甜味,充份表現了典型的日曬風味,然而尾段卻仍然充斥著類似通道效應的不適感,與V60相似,但顯然大多數人並不怎麼在意。 86 more words

Ben Kaminsky

Going Live - 4/20/14 Update on the "Stress-Free Zone" Website

Hey everyone, not much to update on this week as the vast bulk of my work was accomplished last week. The site is basically primed and ready to go live – I have two unfinished pages, but completing them is just a tiny bit of work. 71 more words

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Dramatic Lighting: Siob Knot

Capturing the dramatic lighting of yesterday’s photo shoot

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